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Does it really make a difference what kind of vinegar you use?

Asked by ibstubro (18765points) February 14th, 2015

I bought several gallons of cider vinegar for $1 each.

Is there any real reason I can’t use this in my laundry in place of white vinegar?

I know that in cooking cider vinegar imparts more flavor, but is there any other real, substantive difference for cleaning, weed control, etc.?

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Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, does cider vinegar have a brown color to it? That could stain your clothes.

keobooks's avatar

I’d check on clothes you don’t care about being discolored first. Maybe your underwear? I think it would get a light reddish brown but I don’t know.

gailcalled's avatar

For what reason do you use vinegar regularly in your laundry? Or even occasionally?

Dutchess_III's avatar

For the same reason, I imagine, that I use it to clean my floors. It’s a mild acid, makes a great cleaning agent.

gailcalled's avatar

I use only vinegar also as a cleaning agent but would not want my clothes smelling like vinaigrette.

ibstubro's avatar

I use vinegar to reduce laundry odor, mainly, but there are a number of reasons.

That site does say white vinegar only, if you care about the fabrics.

It leaves no smell whatsoever if added at the beginning cycle.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

Vinegar helps to relax the fibres in fabrics and subsequently helps to remove lint and other material that might be clinging. So a small amount of vinegar in your final rinse can help get rid of lint, tissue remnants etc.

I wouldn’t use a brown coloured vinegar in case it stains your clothes (as has been stated).

It’s also good for cleaning your washing machine. You use it together with baking powder.

ibstubro's avatar

And why would I want my underwear to be “discolored”, @keobooks?? Yikes. Mybe my earth-tone towels!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Because, generally, people don’t see your underwear @ibstubro.

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Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, I’m sure the blood and the bones sticking out would mask your funky brown undies, @ibstubro!

keobooks's avatar

If you did it right, people would think it was tie-dye.

ibstubro's avatar

^ Yeah. Like your Grampa’s.

keobooks's avatar

God no.. my grandpa wore huge boxer-brief things that went almost to his knees. They were not cool in the least.

Safie's avatar

I wouldn’t want that smell in my clothes and they all smell pretty much the same to me.

Dutchess_III's avatar

You might try glancing through the answers in the threads before you respond @Safie. This, for example.

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